Back in Flag one more time

Posted by Darren Urban on August 16, 2010 – 8:54 am

The Cardinals begin their final week of training camp in Flagstaff today. It’s a longer stretch — the final practice is Saturday morning, because the team doesn’t have its next preseason game until ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” telecast in Tennessee a week from today. Anway, here’s hoping the rain stays away.

Here are some points to touch on this morning:

— Around noon or 12:30, Matt Leinart speaks for the first time since he played Saturday night (by now, you’ve heard he didn’t meet with the media after the Texans game; he said it was a misunderstanding).

— If you are planning on coming up this week, keep an eye on the practice schedule. Things can change. Already, the Wednesday morning workout has been closed to the public, leaving just one morning practice — Friday — left to watch. And Wednesday has a night practice and not an afternoon workout. Because there aren’t morning practices, news — like injuries — are going to come late afternoon. Coach Ken Whisenhunt usually doesn’t volunteer such things.

— I am planning on doing a live chat Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. I’ll go at least an hour and maybe a little more depending on the questions. I will link to the page tomorrow.

— And the plan is to have a new podcast taped tomorrow morning too.

Kurt Warner is going to do a few games for FOX as a color analyst. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t end up doing at least one Cardinals’ game. (Oops. Guess I should read all the way through the story I link to; Warner will be calling the Cardinals-Saints game Oct. 10).

— After the Titans’ game, the Cards, as you know, will spend the week in Nashville and go directly from there to Chicago for the third preseason game five days later (The Bears? In Chicago for the third preseason game? Who treats the third game of the preseason like it’s *@&%@%! *@&%@%!). Obviously there will be much more on that trip later.

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Questions for the fans, and a live chat

Posted by Darren Urban on April 27, 2010 – 1:45 pm

Let me start by saying I will be holding a post-draft/pre-minicamp live chat tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. Arizona time (2 p.m. Eastern). I will go for at least an hour but I may push it to 90 minutes if there are a lot of questions. The link will be here.

Speaking of questions, I wanted to take this chance to get some website feedback from the fans, which can be answered in the comments section below. We are trying to figure out what works — and what doesn’t — on the website. So please, answer what questions you can of those listed below, and if something else pops into your mind, let us know that too. And be sure to put in your correct e-mail address when you submit, in case we might want to follow up with you.

  1. What aspects of multimedia do you watch/listen to; i.e. podcasts, videos?
  2. How much time do you spend watching/listening (i.e., do you pay attention to the whole thing, or is there a time limit)?
  3. What do you like/dislike on our multimedia platform?
  4. What do you like/dislike of the stories (articles that aren’t on the blog)?
  5. What do you like/dislike in the blog?
  6. What elements would you like to see more of?

We will try and figure out what we can do and how we can put it into practice. I am sure there would be an audience for a Larry Fitzgerald daily video for instance, but that’s not going to happen, not with the demands on his time. We need to make sure our resources are in the right places, and whether it’s worth continuing to do some of the elements we already are doing.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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Live chat and Ginn to Niners

Posted by Darren Urban on April 16, 2010 – 10:06 am

On the heels of the news that the 49ers have reportedly acquired wide receiver Ted Ginn for a draft pick (and reportedly would take quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the draft if he is there), a reminder that my live chat on is coming in about an hour (11 a.m. Az time, 2 p.m. eastern). We’ll talk draft and the Cards, and if you want to talk NFC West, we can do that too. Click here for the chat.

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Live chat Friday

Posted by Darren Urban on April 14, 2010 – 10:04 am

Well, I’m taking the plunge. I’ll host my first live chat Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) to talk all things Cardinals, whether it is the draft or other topics. I’ll go an hour, but if there’s enough chatter we’ll probably push it longer. I plan to do more of these in the future, and at some point, we’ll try to bring in others that perhaps you care more about — players and coaches. That’s down the road though. For now, it’s just me.

Here’s the link. And we’ll talk Friday.

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Some Tuesday thoughts

Posted by Darren Urban on April 13, 2010 – 12:46 pm

It feels like the calm before the storm. The Cardinals’ braintrust — general manager Rod Graves, head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the rest of the coaching staff and the scouts — continue their work building the draft board here at the end of the hall in the war room. Workouts continue downstairs (one co-worker remarked how amazing the consistent turnout of players was for the voluntary stuff, noting how dead the weight room was back in the Denny Green days). With that as a backdrop, a couple of brief talking points:

— The news the Dolphins might trade WR Ted Ginn is intriguing, at least at face value. The Cardinals could always use a dynamic return man (although Ginn hasn’t been a full-time punt returner since his 2007 rookie year) and could use a burner as a fourth receiver. That said, Ginn is due too much money for a fourth wideout (about $1 million in 2010, $1.4 M in 2011 and $1.8 M in 2012). If Santonio Holmes is only worth a fifth-rounder (and yes, he has had off-field troubles which Ginn has not), than the Dolphins can’t possibly ask for more than a sixth-rounder for Ginn.

— I don’t know if Stevie Baggs will pan out at outside linebacker, but if he sticks around, he certainly has a personality that would make him a fan favorite in my opinion. Even though he came out of college in 2004, he is practice-squad eligible. That could always come into play for a work-in-progress, although if Baggs doesn’t flash something significant in the preseason, it’ll be tough to keep an older player, even on the practice squad.

— More tomorrow, but that live chat I asked about? I am planning on it being Friday, probably late morning.

— I don’t see how Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t get suspended a game or two. What will be interesting is whether it comes from the league or the team, and how it impacts (if at all) the opening part of the Steelers’ schedule.

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